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Old 11-01-2009, 02:12 PM
 
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I have another suggestion: take a look at the sticky at the top of the board entitled 'Need info on moving to NYC.'
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:15 PM
 
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I have another suggestion: take a look at the sticky at the top of the board entitled 'Need info on moving to NYC.'
I'm been doing my best to sift through that post, but I was having a hard time finding information specific to the UES. It does seem like different neighborhoods have different features, etiquette, fees, atmosphere etc.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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>> What I'd like to know is what the atmosphere of the UES is like? What kind of people live there? How are the restaurants? Is it mellow at night, or frantic like other areas of NYC? What's the average rent for a 1 bed apartment in a walk-up building (we're hoping to pay about 2k)? Is the area pet friendly (we have a dog and two cats)? What is an average utility bill (gas and elec)?

1. The neighborhood west of Lexington skews to the older and richer. The neighborhood east is younger (but not signifying a party atmosphere) with more families and an upper middle class feel.

2. West of Lex there are extremely expensive traditional American restaurants; east there are plenty of casual places.

3. Mellow

4. You may be able to do even better than $2000 for a walk-up 1-bed now. You don't get much for a broker fee besides cutting corners in finding inventory. The best way to avoid is to seek out management offices of large apt buildings but this would preclude the walk-up types- These are possible to find without a broker just by walking around the neighborhood and looking for postings.

5. Pet-friendly- area is very pet friendly- but within buildings it goes building by building.

6. $100 average throughout the year; $50 fall/spring, could be $200 in summer/deep winter.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:23 PM
 
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hey cool i'm also going to be moving into a studio apt. in the upper east side this coming week! keep the info coming lol
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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>> What I'd like to know is what the atmosphere of the UES is like? What kind of people live there? How are the restaurants? Is it mellow at night, or frantic like other areas of NYC? What's the average rent for a 1 bed apartment in a walk-up building (we're hoping to pay about 2k)? Is the area pet friendly (we have a dog and two cats)? What is an average utility bill (gas and elec)?

1. The neighborhood west of Lexington skews to the older and richer. The neighborhood east is younger (but not signifying a party atmosphere) with more families and an upper middle class feel.

2. West of Lex there are extremely expensive traditional American restaurants; east there are plenty of casual places.

3. Mellow

4. You may be able to do even better than $2000 for a walk-up 1-bed now. You don't get much for a broker fee besides cutting corners in finding inventory. The best way to avoid is to seek out management offices of large apt buildings but this would preclude the walk-up types- These are possible to find without a broker just by walking around the neighborhood and looking for postings.

5. Pet-friendly- area is very pet friendly- but within buildings it goes building by building.

6. $100 average throughout the year; $50 fall/spring, could be $200 in summer/deep winter.
Here's where it gets interesting. And I'm sure this will sound crazy .. but we're going to be getting a place before we arrive. We're done this every time we move. We arrange for a place and move in the day we arrive in town. We even managed this on a move from Jax, Fl. to London, UK!
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT rent without seeing the apartment first. You could easily end up with one of those walk ups with the tub in the kitchen. I'm not kidding, either.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:32 PM
 
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Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT rent without seeing the apartment first. You could easily end up with one of those walk ups with the tub in the kitchen. I'm not kidding, either.
Unfortunately, we don't have much of a choice. On the plus side, I actually have a good friend from high school who's hooked me up with his agent.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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There are ways to reduce the risk of moving to an apt without seeing it - ask for photos, ask locals what they know/think of the building, but you are taking extra risk trying to do this with a walk-up where the volatility of apartment conditions is significantly higher than with a post-war high-rise. I would ask this agent to quantify the quality of any apt he shows on a scale.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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There are ways to reduce the risk of moving to an apt without seeing it - ask for photos, ask locals what they know/think of the building, but you are taking extra risk trying to do this with a walk-up where the volatility of apartment conditions is significantly higher than with a post-war high-rise. I would ask this agent to quantify the quality of any apt he shows on a scale.
Oh, believe me when I say I'm going to do everything short of giving the agent a colonoscopy. As I said in my above post, I've done this in a many cities, even moving to another country with having seen the apartment in person (although I did see a slew of photos).
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Old 11-01-2009, 03:03 PM
 
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Oh, believe me when I say I'm going to do everything short of giving the agent a colonoscopy. As I said in my above post, I've done this in a many cities, even moving to another country with having seen the apartment in person (although I did see a slew of photos).
Be sure to look on Craigslist. I was looking at places there and saw really nice places on the UES.

Just select the "No Broker" option.
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